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Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE delegation at UN climate change summit

posted on 23/09/2009: 929 views



Foreign Minister, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan is heading the UAE delegation at the Climate Change summit, which opened at the UN, headquarters in New York yesterday.

In the opening session of the summit which is being attended by about 100 heads of states, ministers and top officials of more than 192 countries, governmental and non-governmental organisations, US President, Barack Obama, conceded the responsibility of his country and other industrialised nations for the climate change-related troubles being suffered in recent years by peoples of the world as a result of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the main cause of the climate change, because the US had been slow in the past in responding to global warming.

"That so many of us are here today is a recognition that the threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing. Our generation's response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it - boldly, swiftly, and together - we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe," President Obama said in his address to the conference which seeks to negotiate a new deal on how to combat global warming.

"The security and stability of each nation and all peoples - our prosperity, our health, our safety - are in jeopardy. And the time we have to reverse this tide is running out. And yet, we can reverse it," he added.

He assured that his administration had stepped up efforts to reduce vehicle emissions and promote renewable energy. "We understand the gravity of the climate threat. We are determined to act," Obama said.

But he also tasked other countries - especially emerging economies like China and India - to make the commitments necessary to lower their own growing emissions, in order to reach agreement on a new global deal by a crucial summit in Copenhagen in December.

"We cannot meet this challenge unless all the largest emitters of greenhouse-gas pollution act together. There is no other way," Obama said.

The discussions will give an indication of what might be agreed at a December meeting in Copenhagen to negotiate a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, some elements of which expire in 2012. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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